Cindy Hyde-Smith: It’s ‘my duty’ as Mississippi’s first female senator to defend Kavanaugh

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) speaks on the Senate floor on Sept. 26, 2018. Screencap via Hyde-Smith's official YouTube page.

Just moments after Christine Blasey Ford testified under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a friend laughed as Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a party when she was 15 and he was 17, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith responding by suggesting that Ford and the two other women who have publicly accused Kavanaugh are part of a “character assassination” plot.

Yesterday, Hyde-Smith said it was her “duty” as Mississippi’s first woman in Congress to stand up for Kavanaugh. As reported in the Jackson Free Press:

“Today, I was compelled by my duty to our country, the people of Mississippi, and as the first woman to represent our great state in Congress to speak in strong support of Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” Hyde-Smith tweeted.

In her speech, she said that while her heart “breaks for victims of assault and abuse,” she considers the accusations “unjust” and a product of the Democrats’ partisan goals.

“I believe Judge Kavanaugh when he says these humiliating events never happened—not three decades ago, not ever,” Hyde-Smith said, calling him a man with an “impeccable record of service and integrity.” She said Kavanaugh, who spoke out Mondayin a Fox News interview, “quickly and convincingly refuted” the allegations.

Her Republican opponent in the November special election, Chris McDaniel, previously criticized her for not speaking out strongly enough in support of Kavanaugh.

As with her defense of Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, Cindy Hyde-Smith has sought to define herself as the most pro-Trump candidate in the race, claiming a 100% pro-Trump voting record. Recently, she released an ad attacking Chris McDaniel for his town hall tour, dubbing it an “insult tour” for what she interprets as McDaniel’s criticisms of Trump and his insufficient deference to the president of their party; McDaniel responded that his criticism’s are directed at the party establishment, not Trump.

Cindy Hyde-Smith and Chris McDaniel’s Democratic opponent, Mike Espy, said over the weekend before Christine Blasey Ford testified that he considered her allegations “credible.” From the Jackson Free Press:

“It’s a serious issue,” Espy said. “I think the allegation is credible. This is a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. I think we can wait a little longer for a credible investigation.”

The elections for both of Mississippi’s U.S. Senate seats is on Nov. 6, 2018. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.